New York, NY (August 20, 2020) – Spirit Music Group, one of the world’s leading global independent music publishing companies, today announced it has acquired the publishing catalog of GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi. The agreement encompasses a large portion of DioGuardi’s back catalog and does not include future works.
Among the songs included in the deal are the hits “Sober” by P!NK (#1 Adult Pop 40), “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson (#6 Adult Pop 40), and “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood (#1 Country Airplay).
“Kara is an exceptionally talented songwriter whose songs have and continue to define an era in pop music. Her song catalog is full of evergreen hits that people will continue to love and listen to for many, many years to come. It’s not every day you get a chance to participate in a catalog like that so we’re very happy and we’re honored to be the stewards of such a special collection of music,” said Jon Singer, Chairman, Spirit Music Group.
“When I met with Jon and the Spirit team, it was obvious that they take a music-first approach to publishing. That confirmed for me that Spirit would be the best place for these songs,” said Kara DioGuardi.
“There were a lot of different partners we considered for this deal, but in the end Kara and I both felt confident that Spirit was the best one to continue to build on her music’s already incredible legacy, and help her songs reach a new generation of fans,” said Stephen Finfer, ArtHouse Entertainment.
Kara DioGuardi is one of the most prolific songwriters in pop music, and her credits include work with artists such as P!nk, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Faith Hill, Santana and many more. She has won 21 BMI awards, including BMI’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year award. She’s had over 320 songs released by major labels, 150 songs on platinum selling albums, and over 50 charting singles.
In addition to her success as a songwriter, DioGuardi is also an established record producer, record executive, music publisher and author. She was a judge on two seasons of American Idol, starred as Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago, and is a current board member of the MLC.
Spirit Music Group have had a string of acquisitions and signing successes over the past year. In January, Spirit Music Group executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron formed Lyric Capital Group to take ownership of Spirit Music Group and secure a recapitalization of over $350 million. The capital raise allows Spirit to continue to build upon its already impressive legacy and community of renowned artists and songwriters. Now wholly-owned by the newly formed Lyric Capital Group, Spirit Music Group remains a strong, independent publisher.
ABOUT SPIRIT MUSIC:
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world’s leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. Spirit’s portfolio consists of over 200 #1 Billboard hits and over 450 Top 10 songs.
Among its most notable songwriters and writer/artists are Ingrid Michaelson, John Barrett, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Big Data, Marc Bolan/T.Rex, Jonny Coffer, Zach Crowell, Rami Dawod, David Garcia, Henry Mancini, Matt & Kim, Johnny McDaid, The Marshall Tucker Band, Graham Nash, Rick Nowels, David Paich, Doc Pomus, Frank Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Billy Squier, Pete Townshend, Gregg Wattenberg and Tim Montana.
Spirit has earned a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and a peerless promoter of its songs into film, television and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media. In recent years, Spirit has helped transform the publisher’s role beyond royalty collection and song promotion to proactive career and legacy partnership by creating and executing marketing plans to revitalize its clients’ songs and expand their brands.
Spirit Music Group is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and the Netherlands. Spirit is a portfolio company of Lyric Capital Group, led by seasoned music executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron.
For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.